Gundula Anders

Soprano

Concert- and Oratorio Singer

Possessing a vaste ability in modifying her voice into many, even opponent characters, the soprano easily makes the audience feel the ample variety of diffrent colourful affects of a baroque composition. Main ambition of her interpretations is to find out how her own feeling leads her through a piece, how an intended affect could be filled with own emotion and than be transferred to a listener.

  

   Being familiar with singing since her childhood, Gundula Anders first studied musical education, organ, theology and German in her hometown Frankfurt upon Main. She subsequently studied singing with René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum in Basle. Courses with Emma Kirkby, Jessica Cash and Peter Elkus completed her studies.

   In addition to her solo activities as an oratorio singer, Gundula Anders mainly worked on 17th and 18th century music together with musicians like Philippe Herreweghe, Jordi Savall, Konrad Junghänel, Thomas Hengelbrock, and ensembles like Musica Fiata Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar Neumann Choir, Cantus Cölln, she made concert tours in the whole of Europe, Israel and North Africa. But she also works on contemporary music. So she sang works by Heinz Holliger, Arvo Pärt, Volker Staub, Heiner Goebbels under the composers’ leadership.

   Gundula Anders is particulary interested in the 16th to 18th century song repertoire, which she frequently features in concert programmes together with various partners. Her work is documented by numerous radio, TV and CD recordings, for example the CD “Sigismondo d’India” together with Sigrun Richter and Hille Perl, or together with Ensemble Sequentia music of Hildegard von Bingen. In 2001 together with other singers Gundula Anders founded the“German Chamber Choir” (Deutscher Kammerchor) that performs together with ensembles like Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concerto Köln, La Stagione Frankfurt or Ensemble Modern.

   Gundula Anders teaches historical singing at the College of Music and Drama in Leipzig and gives courses in Early Music.

Press    Her interpretation – unpretensious, sovereign, sensitive and distinguished – was very convincing, as well as her vivid musical rhethoric, and her polished and sense giving ornaments and coloratura. Really an eloquent argument for Sigismondo fourhundred years after his death.

from: Süddeutsche Zeitung, programme: Sigismondo d'India

   

   This entire dynamic, tension and accusation found its perfect expression by Gundula Anders’ way of singing. The soprano was not only convincing by her technical brilliance but as well by her own interpretation.

from: Süddeutsche Zeitung, programme: Sigismondo d'India

  

   Virtuos coloratura and ornaments were easily sung by Gundula Anders, she made little use of her cultivated vibrato placed on purpose, she possesess a wide variety of dynamic artistic means, she showes convincing artistic forms on affects.

from: Mittelbayrische Zeitung, music by Cl. Monteverdi and contemporaries

   

Gundula Anders and Marek Rzepka were fighting a musical duel on highest level.

from: Leipzig-Almanach, programme: G. Ph. Telemann: Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon

   

   DYING BECAUSE OF LOVE IS CRAZINESS: ... So wonderful Gundula Anders was singing, so wonderful she was accompanied by Julian Behr and his chitarrone. … Songs from love pain and desperation – more painful than death … performed with passion. The audience was absolutely fascinated and at the end of the concert the applause did not come to an end.

from: Süddeutsche Zeitung, programme: 17th century Basso Ostinato

Programmes   4

 

4 3 musicians

4Del cielo d’amor

  

4 2 musicians

4Veni, sponsa mea
4Author of light
4Mona Lisa

4Musik am Weimarischen Musenhof
4Lettere amorose – Liebesgeständnisse

   
4 4 musicians

4La cetra amorosa
4Machet die Tore weit

  

4 5 musicians

4Le Sommeil d’Ulisse (Odysseus' SLEEP)

Discography

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Gundula Anders:

      

Del Cielo d'Amor - Le Musiche di Sigismondo d'India

with Sigrun Richter, Arciliuto, Chitarrone and Hille Perl, Viola da Gamba, Lirone

carpe diem 16259

 

» But Anders herself dares to go to some extreme: she places the different timbres of her voice according to the text, feels very free in using tempo and different dynamics, and all this gives her the possibility to show the affects within this music. So a listener is able to really feel a lamento’s theatrical suggestion.

   (Fono-Forum)

   

» With a very clear voice and an immense ability of feeling for the music, Gundula Anders knows how to show the great dramatic power of this rich music, wonderfully accompanied by Richter and Perl. You can hear that the three musicians enjoy every fine subtlety and unexpected changes. The golden combinition of technical brilliance and intensive, rousing interpretation makes the listener stuck to the speakers for 70 minutes.

   (Luister)

Music Shortcuts
Sigismondo d'India:
La Virtù (mp3, 42s, 513 KB)
E pur tu parti (mp3, 42s, 678 KB)
Vaghe faville (mp3, 31s, 506 KB)
Pallidetta qual viola (mp3, 16s, 259 KB)
O del ciel d'amor (mp3, 29s, 465 KB)